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Director Bassam Tariq Exits Marvel’s ‘Blade’

Bassam Tariq has exited as director of Marvel Studios’ “Blade.”  Production on the project was scheduled to begin in November.

“Due to continued shifts in our production schedule, Bassam is no longer moving forward as director of Blade but will remain an executive producer on the film,” Marvel said in a statement to Deadline. “We appreciate Bassam’s talent and all the work he’s done getting Blade to where it is.”

Mahershala Ali will play the iconic vampire hunter.  Delroy Lindo (The Harder They Fall, Da 5 Bloods) and Aaron Pierre (M. Night Shyamalan’s Old) also star.  Additionally, Milan Ray (The Wonder Years) has recently joined the cast along with Anthony Starr (The Boys) who will reportedly play the villain.

Stacy Osei-Kuffour writes the script and Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige is producing.

According to Next Best Pictures’ Will Mavity, Black Panther’s costume designer, Ruth E. Carter has also joined the project.

Marvel’s “Blade” is scheduled to hit theaters on November 3, 2023.

Source: Deadline

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